This is a reference for Sue Dudill

Keep It Together

The training activity took place
in Puente Genil, Spain
organised by Membrillos Por El Mundo
6th to 12th April 2014
Reference person

Alberto Ucci

(Organiser and co-trainer)
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Aims & objectives

Aim:

To increase the capacity of your organisation by helping you realise your own developmental goals in the context of the topic of migration and employability and its associated language and communication

Objectives:

by travelling through a logically scaffolded learning journey of highly interactive sessions

by critically examining the issues you all face and sharing some of your tried and tested tools and ideas with one another other in the safe space provided

by exploring the linguistic and cultural challenges you face when working in a multi-cultural community

by helping you to increase your confidence in English on this topic to enable you to work more easily on a European level in the future

by offering the opportunity of a platform for future cooperation in Erasmus+ to further develop your skills and experience in this hot topic

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

Youth workers, volunteers in NGOs with an interest in the topic and who are active in youth work.

Spain, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia and Romania all participated.

Training methods used & main activities

I used a wealth of different tools and methods all based on non-formal education. They were chosen to take into consideration a broad range of learning styles and also English language ability. We used methods requiring no language such as 'silent discussion' along with energisers requiring no language, we progressed to sounds in English and focussed on listening and speaking skills. We then moved onto reading and writing as the week progressed. We used Forum Theatre and the 'Gibberish' activity. We used 'The Word Food Cafe'. We explored our connections to the target group of the organisations in their work with 'The Empathy Map'.

Outcomes of the activity

Here is a link used in the visibility of the project during the week itself:

http://www.diariocordoba.com/noticias/cordobaprovincia/jovenes-ue-forman-empleo-migracion_873227.html

The written evaluations are testimony to the success of the project and the value that the participants placed on the programme delivered. We could see that 96% of those present felt they would be using their new found knowledge and improved competences in their work back home. We completed a non-formal evaluation as well as the written version for the NA and we could visually see the impact the training had had in different ways. We are very satisfied with the learning that has taken place.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

1. I provided information to the beneficiary to help them to write the content of the application
2. I scaffolded the programme of the week along with the chosen non-formal methods
3. I reviewed the applications from participants
4. I met with the beneficiary in London on 3 occasions to meticulously plan the programme. We also met on Skype and used email to communicate
5. I arrived 3 days early to prepare the plenary room and brief the hosts/facilitators/co-trainer I also prepared some materials for the week ahead.
6. I delivered the 5 day programme with my co-trainer, constantly reviewing it at each stage and making changes where necessary to suit the needs of the participants and also to match the mood of the group and crucially maintain the dynamics.
7. I debriefed and reflected with the hosts each evening and also at the end of the project.

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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